Peace on Earth – that’s what this season is all about.
Yet, we’ve witnessed from afar how in a matter of minutes Pakistani school children can be killed en masse by Taliban terrorists.
We wonder whether peace is an elusive idea that perhaps cannot be achieved on earth.
Our leaders raise their voices in hymns of hate. Words of killing, conquering, overcoming other peoples, fall too easily from the tips of tongues, untested in tasting words of peace, except to justify the wars they wage, preferring death and suffering instead, and often of the truly innocent, dismissed as the collaterally damaged.
It’s hopeful, therefore, when we can seize upon a peace overture that succeeds.
It shows that we are better than the mad impulse to war.
Pope Francis, 78, became Pontiff in March 2013. Almost from his first day in the Vatican, he worked in secrecy to enable President Barack Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba to set aside past distrust and convene a dialogue for peace. Continue reading
“I’m having 21 over for Thanksgiving dinner,” said Evelyn Newlin, with her husband Harry looking on, “I’m doing the cooking, and there will be my 4 sons, my daughter, and 9 grand-children.”
More often than not, if you ask someone, they’ll tell you that Thanksgiving is about family, friends, getting-togetherness, love, and affection.
How do we reconcile our loving affection for family on a Thursday with the impulse to elbow one another to buy what we don’t really need at all — on “Black Friday?”
In Genesis, it plainly says that “God created man in his own image.”
In the popular single, “same love,” the Seattle-based rap artist Macklemore warns of “man-made rewiring of a predisposition, [of] playing God …” See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1TBgcctcco .
Macklemore speaks of gay slurs, born of “the same hate that’s caused wars from religion.”
“When I was at church,” Macklemore intones, “they taught me something else, if you preach hate at the services those words aren’t anointed, that holy water that you soak in has been poisoned.”
Rightly Macklemore concludes, “No law is gonna change us ..and I can’t change even if I tried.” Continue reading